Conference Dates

June 22-27, 2014


This paper presents the experimental analysis of air flow vortex propagation through porous screens. This study is conducted by a new and unique experimental setup for ve- locity measurements and visualization of air vortex interac- tion with porous screen. A custom-made, high-precision vortex generator provides a variety of velocity profiles for vortex generation with an unprecedented level of precision. The flow fields are captured with the use of a fog gener- ator and a high-speed CCD camera. The porous screens are constructed out of acrylic rods with various orientations, thickness, and porosities from rod separation. The results presented in this paper show the effect of porosity and air injection velocity on the behavior of air flow (separation, accumulation), and the transport phenomena of vortex flow while interacting with porous screens.